The National Guard commemorated fallen Guam military members in honor of Memorial Day at the GUNG Barrigada Complex today.
The moving tribute to the six lives lost in service of the nation included a rifle salute, lowering of the flags, and prayers from the Guard’s chaplain.
While family members cried, Adjutant General Esther Aguigui read out the names of the six Guam heroes who were killed in action.
“Sergeant Christopher Fernandez, Sergeant Gregory Fejeran, Sergeant Brian Leon Guerrero, Sergeant Samson Mora, Sergeant Eugene Aguon, and Specialist Dwayne Flores. These are names that we will never forget,” Aguigui said.
Guard members from all ranks also took part in a wreath-laying ceremony with some families present in person and others tuned in virtually.
Aguigui told families that COVID-19 couldn’t hold back their commemoration.
“This year, however … today looks a little bit different than in years past. We are not in full formation, we are wearing masks, we are six feet apart from one another…and we are live-streaming with other Gold Star families, who are multiple time zones away. But still, we pause to remember, what this day is truly about,” Aguigui said.
This year’s tribute was the 10th annual Memorial Day ceremony for the National Guard.